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October 10, 2005

Jennifer Fennell
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Employee Receives National Workforce Development Award

TALLAHASSEE — Jay Pfeiffer, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Education, was recently honored with the Merrill Baumgardner Award from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the field of automation in a state workforce agency. Pfeiffer was awarded for his work with the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP). Lt. Governor Toni Jennings was also honored by the association with the William L. Heartwell Award her efforts advocating workforce development. Pfeiffer and Lt. Governor Jennings were two of only five individuals in the nation to receive NASWA Awards this year.

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Jay on receiving this prestigious, well-deserved award," said Education Commissioner John L. Winn. "With more than two decades of dedicated work with FETPIP, Jay's unsurpassed commitment to workforce innovation is truly honorable. His expertise and advancements in the use of technology have benefited state and national organizations alike and I am proud to have him on our team."

Pfeiffer is the father of the information technology program that put Florida on the national map of workforce tracking and reporting. Representatives of both the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education have recognized FETPIP as the model for all states to use in conducting studies of trainee and student outcomes. Congress followed by mandating use of FETPIP's methodology for the tracking/reporting requirement of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Pfeiffer's work with FETPIP spans more than 20 years and the program has been included in federal guidebooks, in research at prestigious universities and by governmental organizations.

NASWA is a national organization composed of state administrators of unemployment insurance, employment and training services, and labor market information programs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This year, the NASWA annual conference was held on September 12-15 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Pfeiffer accepted the award at the annual conference and also accepted an award on behalf of Lt. Governor Jennings.